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Healthcare Recruitment Award

Improving patient access and choice depends on the quality and availability of staff in all areas of the hospital practice. This award will recognise the NHS organisation that has developed a robust recruitment policy that delivers both safety and continuity to patients.

2022 Winner: Blackpool Teaching Hospitals - COVID-19 Digital Staff Passport

Run in conjunction with NHS England and NHS Improvement, the COVID-19 Digital Staff Passport provides a solid legal framework for staff to be temporarily deployed into other NHS organisations and streamlines and speeds up the sharing of information, allowing staff to move promptly and with ease. It allows pre-employment checks for new staff in under five minutes, eliminating a lengthy, manual process. Information is transferred securely by the staff member through their own smartphone. tri-party licence between employer, worker and host is embedded into the process of using the passport.


NHS England - South West Diagnostics Team 
Leeds Teaching Hospitals / Workforce Alliance - non-clinical and temporary staffing
NHS Workforce Alliance - International Recruitment Framework

2021 Winner
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Apprenticeship Programme

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of a small number of NHS trusts to have been named in the National Apprenticeship Service’s Top 100 apprenticeship employers ranking, showcasing the country’s outstanding apprenticeship employers. Still a fairly new trust, LUHFT was ranked number 62 on the list which recognises organisations for their overall commitment to employing apprentices, creating new apprenticeships and the progression of their learners onto further study or employment. As of the start of 2021, LUHFT has 541 apprentices across a range of roles including clinical, admin, IT, pharmacy and management. The apprentices range from Level 3 to Level 7 (Masters). The trust has also saw 50 new healthcare assistant apprentices and six business administration apprentices recruited for 2021.


South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust - Local Recruitment Campaign
Nottinghamshire Healthcare - Defence Employers Recognition Scheme
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust - Bridge to the Bank programme

2020 Winner
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has embedded the recruitment of veterans and their families into its recruitment processes. Step into Health recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that Armed Forces personnel have developed and how these are compatible with working in the NHS. The trust is a leading Armed Forces-friendly employer. It was the first NHS employer in the region to achieve the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Gold Award - the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, as well as veterans, and their families.

NHS Employers
Royal Voluntary Service
Health Education England


2019 Winner

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

The Global Learners Programme is an educational opportunity which provides qualified nurses from outside of the UK the chance to develop and add to their existing skills by working in the NHS for up to three years. As part of the programme, the Trust partners with Health Education England and has been working with a number of countries to support professionals through their preparation for language and competency tests; entry onto the UK professional register; visa application, and through a comprehensive programme of pastoral care prior to and on arrival. The objective is to hopefully create a circular programme with sustainable pipelines of cohorts arriving and returning each year.

Healthcare Recruitment Award 2019 Winner: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust


Royal Free London NHS Trust
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Health Education England / Royal College of Nursing

2018 Winner

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

Aware of national shortages and geographical challenges, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), developed a new approach to the recruitment of hard to fill vacancies. Three short films featuring current nurses, consultant radiologists and radiographers, highlighted their passion for working in the hospital and featured insights on living in the local area. The next phase used online and social media platforms including ‘Twitter Takeovers’ and story inserts with tips on the local area. This helped to build interest about what the trust had to offer. The six‐week campaign resulted in 148 applications for hard to fill roles, from which UHMBT appointed seven midwives, 18 registered nurses, one theatre practitioner, 17 medical consultants, three radiographers and one mammographer.

Healthcare Recruitment Award 2018 Winner: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust


Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

2017 Winner

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

The introduction of the apprenticeship levy in 2017 has led to some significant changes to the recruitment process at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The in-house HR team attend assessment centres in order to carry out pre-employment checks in a one-stop shop, negating the need for apprentices to return for checks prior to their start date. The Trust continues to focus on inclusiveness, and in July recruited 14 apprentices, many of whom have difficult backgrounds and complex family situations.

Healthcare Recruitment Award 2017 Winner: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust


London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group
East Midlands Ambulance Service
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

2016 Winner

Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Improved recruitment processes at Guy’s & St Thomas’ are effectively allowing larger cohorts of apprentices. The trust continues to use its successful recruitment formula of speed meeting with line managers and candidates, and now includes a personality style assessment day as part of the process. Opportunities for candidates with learning difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, health issues and complex family backgrounds have been promoted.

Healthcare Recruitment Award 2016 Winner: Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2015 Winner

Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

The Education Training and Development department at Guy's & St. Thomas' NHS is recognised for its inclusive recruitment policies, which includes supporting candidates with autism, mobility needs and deafness.


Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust